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  • Teach pupils the virtue of humility ‘to help them make smart decisions’

    by Oliver Moody, The Times The virtue of intellectual humility should be taught in schools, according to psychologists, who have found that it makes people more accurate in their judgments. Willingness to admit that we may be wrong seems to allow us to weigh evidence more fairly and to appraise others...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Wise deliberation sustains cooperation

    University of Waterloo Giving people time to think about cooperating on a task can have a positive effect if they are big-picture thinkers, but if they tend to focus on their own, immediate experience, the time to think may make them less cooperative, University of Waterloo research has found. A series...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • A Year in Review

    The Center for Practical Wisdom: A look back at 2016 2016 marked the opening of the University of Chicago Center for Practical Wisdom. Led by Center Director Howard C. Nusbaum, the Center aims to advance the science of wisdom and its role in the decisions that affect everyday life. We want to understand...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Wisdom Doesn’t Come With Age, But It Can Be Learned By All

    by Katrin Blawat, SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG, English edition by Tanja Hofbauer -WORLDCRUNCH Rick Levenson, a professor of psychology at Oregon State University, has conducted research at several esteemed U.S. institutes and published an impressive number of scientific papers. This is laudable, obviously, and...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Wise reasoning: Context matters (Video)

    Center for Practical Wisdom inaugural research forum presentation "Wise reasoning: Context matters" by Igor Grossmann, Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Waterloo, Canada. Watch this video and previous wisdom research presentaions on the Wisdom Research Youtube channel . Photo courtesy...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • To Defuse an Argument, Think About the Future

    by Alex C. Huynh, Harvard Business Review If you’re caught up in conflict with someone, there are a few practical strategies that can help you resolve the situation. These strategies include seeking compromise, taking the other person’s perspective, being humble, trying to forgive, and not casting blame...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance, Is wisdom a trait or a state, Anxiety-free comedy gigs

    By Claudia Hammond, BBC Radio4 Click here to listen to the podcast Claudia Hammond's guest is Mathijs Lucassen - lecturer in mental health at the Open University. Pathological demand avoidance is a developmental condition where children resist the demands of everyday life, and they can have extreme...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • How to be wiser: What is wisdom? And can you learn it?

    By Claudia Hammond, BBC News Wisdom is something that’s hard to define and yet somehow we know it when we see it. The wise people stay calm in a crisis. They can step back and see the bigger picture. They’re thoughtful and self-reflective. They recognise the limits of their own knowledge, consider alternative...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Academic Minute Best-of 2016

    It's a New Year! Now you can find the Best of 2016 list from the Academic Minute here and listen to the podcast with Berthold Hoeckner of the University of Chicago Center for Practical Wisdom as he discusses wisdom and whether its only in the mind or if the body has a part to play too. Wisdom, Meditation...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • 5 Ways to Increase Resilience, Wisdom, and Well-Being

    by Caren Osten Gerszberg, Mindful Magazine Extending ourselves beyond what is familiar by relating to people who are older than us can offer meaningful life lessons and character strengths. There I stood, surrounded by people from my neighborhood at a cocktail party—our common purpose to celebrate the...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
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PUBLICATIONS
  • Wise deliberation sustains cooperation (2017)

    Abstract: Humans are intuitively cooperative. Humans are also capable of deliberation, which includes social comparison, self-reflection and mental simulation of the future. Does deliberation undermine or sustain cooperation? Some studies suggest that deliberation is positively associated with cooperation...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Virtue Development and Role of Character in Decision Making (2017)

    Abstract: The most significant contribution of virtue ethics is the role of discriminative intelligence (practical wisdom) in decision making. Decision making in virtue ethics is actually influenced by the acumen and discriminative intelligence of the agent concerned rather than rules and codes of morality...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • In Praise of Natural Philosophy: A Revolution for Thought and Life (2017)

    The central thesis of this book is that we need to reform philosophy and join it to science to recreate a modern version of natural philosophy; we need to do this in the interests of rigour, intellectual honesty, and so that science may serve the best interests of humanity. The book seeks to redraw our...
    (My publication) Posted by: NickMaxwell
  • What do you think you are measuring? A mixed-methods procedure for assessing the content validity of test items and theory-based scaling (2017)

    Abstract : The valid measurement of latent constructs is crucial for psychological research. Here, we present a mixed-methods procedure for improving the precision of construct definitions, determining the content validity of items, evaluation of representativeness of items for the target construct,...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Pursuing Practice Wisdom in Leadership (2017)

    Abstract: Practical wisdom (phronesis) is an ancient, enigmatic, and intractable notion yet the manner of its workings and its influence on public life, professional practice and civil society remains little understood. Despite its profound effect on virtually every aspect of modern life, full understanding...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Conceptualizing Wise Management Decision-Making: A Grounded Theory Approach (2017)

    Abstract: This article investigates the role of wisdom in management decision-making. In one of the first empirical studies investigating wisdom and management, 37 CEOs, top managers, and senior executives were interviewed about their perspectives on the concept of wisdom in the business context and...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Wisdom and Aging (2017)

    Abstract: In this chapter, we consider what it means to be wise, and how this is affected by one’s age. We begin by considering the Deep Rationality Theory of wisdom and offer the Ordo Amoris model of wisdom instead as more comprehensive and satisfactory. This second model allows individuals to be wise...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • 12-Item Abbreviated Three-Dimensional Wisdom Scale (3D-WS-12) (2017)

    Abstract: Wisdom has been reported to be associated with better mental health and quality of life among older adults. Over the past decades, there has been considerable growth in empirical research on wisdom, including the development of standardized measures. The 39-item Three-Dimensional Wisdom Scale...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Exploring the Long-Term Benefits of Adversity: What Is Posttraumatic Wisdom? (2016)

    Abstract: While all major philosophical and theological traditions have argued that experiencing some adversity is a necessary condition for the full development of one’s character, no consensus exists about the nature of the specific virtues, traits, and abilities that might develop in response to adversity...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
  • SHIFT FROM EDUCATION TO DEVELOPMENT: LEADERS AND COACHES IN SEARCH OF SHARED WISDOM (2016)

    Abstract: This paper presents the results of qualitative study aimed to explore the relationship between the perception of behaviors that support people development, core coaching competences and values supporting them, and wisdom-related values. Our hypothesis was that the reflection on empowering behaviors...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: jlmatelski
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DISCUSSIONS
  • Conversations on Wisdom: john a. powell

    By Jean Matelski Boulware As an internationally recognized expert in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties, john a. powell is known for his work in a wide range of issues including race, ethnicity, poverty, and democracy. He is the Executive Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Can Hitler be wise?

    Following a recent Wisdom Research Forum (July 14, 2016), hosted by the Center for Practical Wisdom, participants reflected upon some of the discussions of the meeting. One topic emerged around the idea of whether or not people such as Hitler or Stalin could be associated with wisdom in the sense that...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Pottery and the Eternal Style of Wisdom

    by Philip Kao As a visiting assistant professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Philip Kao’s research and teaching focuses on wisdom, aging, personhood, gender, and the anthropology of development. He is the editor of Anthropology & Aging , an international journal intent...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Conversations on Wisdom: Barry Schwartz

    By Jean Matelski Boulware As a professor of psychology at Swarthmore College for 45 years, Barry Schwartz, PhD has focused his work on decision making, wisdom, and work satisfaction. His interests lie in the intersection between economics, morality and psychology. As one of the most notable public scholars...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • How Might Culture Influence Wisdom?

    By Masami Takahashi Masami Takahashi, PhD is a Professor of Psychology and Gerontology at Northeastern Illinois University. His latest research interests include: late adulthood and psychological strengths (e.g., wisdom, spirituality, religiosity); potential factors of longevity in the Blue Zones (geographic...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Conversations on Wisdom: Richard J. Davidson

    By Jean Matelski Boulware Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is a renowned neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices, such as meditation, on the brain. He is the founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Conversations on Wisdom: Theodore Richards

    By Jean Matelski Boulware Theodore Richards is the founder and director of the Chicago Wisdom Project. The mission of the Chicago Wisdom Project is to re-imagine education through holistic programming that transforms individual, community, and world through creative expression. He is the author of Handprints...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Wisdom in Understanding the Language of Law

    By Howard C. Nusbaum When I taught an undergraduate class on wisdom research at the University of Chicago a couple of years ago, students often conceptualized wisdom in terms of wise advice. This is generally a common idea about wisdom. Rather than thinking of wisdom in Aristotelian terms of wise action...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Rosewood Report, Part 8: Concluding Thoughts

    By Valerie Tiberius At end the of July, 2010, a small group of philosophers and psychologists met at the Rosewood Inn in Hastings, Minnesota to talk about wisdom. This series of blog posts highlights key questions that emerged from that discussion. Please join our conversation by commenting on this discussion...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • The Rosewood Report: Questions about Wisdom, Part 1

    By Valerie Tiberius At end the of July, 2010, a small group of philosophers and psychologists met at the Rosewood Inn in Hastings, Minnesota to talk about wisdom. The workshop included five sessions. The first four sessions were organized around presentations by a philosopher and a psychologist on the...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
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